2018 Management Committee Members:

Tim Robinson – President
Jen Armstrong – Vice President
Justine Williams – Secretary and Public Officer
Kate Foster – Treasurer
Peter Dau – Operations Director

Non Office bearing Committee Members

Richard Short 
Laura Applebee-Jones
Nicole Giezekamp
Virge Nielsen
Jonathan Elcombe


Committee News


Diccon Vokins, previous President 2014-2017, received the industry award in the Volunteers Category at the Bi-annual Conference to recognise his outstanding contribution for GPAC’s building project.

Committee member profiles


My name is: Tim Robinson   
I grew up in: Heathcote   
I now live in: Grays Point

A little info about myself… Always loved kayaking, surfing, walking and riding in the National Park. I have two children at school and a beautiful wife.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was: As a child my favourite past time was to drink condensed milk straight from the tin can or tube.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee… It’s always great to give back to the community and I see helping out on the committee as a perfect way to do this. My wife does a lot of reading with the kids and is brave enough to front the canteen, so helping GPAC is my way of pitching in.



My name is: Jen Armstrong

A little info about myself…
As the 2016 NSW Woman of the Year, The Beauty Bank founder and Director, WSU business/leadership student, Executive-Officer of the MARCS Institute, Mum and foster-carer to 3 young children I can make things happen with little resources! A survivor of domestic-violence - leaving 5years ago with only my children, I have managed to build a charity that collects, distributes over $450,000 of toiletry-gift-packs annually to those in need. Powered by determination, passion and a strong sense of business. As a leadership speaker I educate about DV, the power of resilience and how anyone can change the world through challenging their own boundaries and thinking outside the box.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
I am happy to volunteer on the Management Committee as GPAC provides an invaluable service to the local community. The high calibre of centre staff, generous facilities and wide and varied activities and programs for the children make it a pleasure to contribute to the upkeep and future development of the service.


My name is: Justine Williams 
I grew up in: Paddington, Eastern Suburbs
I now live in: Grays Point (my husband is from Bundeena so there was no way he was settling down anywhere else but the Shire)

A little info about myself…
I used to do shipping law so would buy and sell vessels, flags and insurance. Consequently, I have lived in most countries that have a port.
I have one child – an amazing 8 year old who exceeds all my expectations on a daily basis …. and who attends GPAC.
The last Committee that I volunteered on (not including P & C) was the Anchorage Bear Committee (no joke !!!). We developed and implemented strategies for bear conservation and the management of issues of living with bears in our community.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
To go to Centennial Parklands with the neighbourhood kids (and in particular to where the horses were agisted). We would help muck out the stalls, feed and walk the horses and if we were really good, we were able to take the horses out for a ride in Centennial Park. It was a great thing for an inner city kid to experience.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
When Nicole asked me if I would like to be on the Committee there was no hesitation on my part. I believe that you can only truly attribute by being involved.
My son attends the GPAC and I am happy to assist in any way to ensure that we get the best resources for not only my child but for all children that utilise this resource.


My name is: Kate Foster 
I grew up in: Grays Point
I now live in: Grays Point

My experience with children...
We have 2 children - Grace and Bronte - who both attend the Grays Point Activity Centre.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
Practice shooting goals for netball in the backyard, playing hide and seek with the neighbours or riding bikes up and down the driveway.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
I have worked in the Corporate world for 20 years, so when an opportunity was raised with me to help out with the Management Committee, I couldn’t say no. With 2 children that will be using the Facility for the next 7 or so years, it is in my family’s best interests to help out where I can to ensure that the Facility continues to thrive (it is owned by the Community after all).
The fact that we have such an amazing facility is down to Nicole and her amazing Team. Grace looks forward to attending the Centre which to me is an indication that it is a happy and fun place to be, I can’t ask for more than that, oh and Tracy’s arts and crafts means I get to avoid doing it at home (thanks Tracy)!


My name is: Peter Dau 
I grew up in: Seven Hills (In Vienna Street as my father wanted to keep his identity and live in a European named street as he was German).
I now live in: Grays Point

My experience with children...
I have three children, Emily and Christopher who both attend Grays Point Public School and Grays Point Activity Centre, and Kayla who previously attended Grays Point Public School and is now attending High School. Some of my experience also extends to being an English teacher in Japan for two years teaching children from 5yrs to 15yrs old in Utsunomiya, in the Tochigi Prefecture, which was a great adventure. Need to head back again sometime.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
Playing table tennis with my father (just about every day), playing soccer with the neighbours and my local soccer team (Dutch soccer team), taking care of our animals that included guinea pigs, chickens, dogs and birds, and riding my bike up and down the street – there wasn’t too much traffic those days, and annoying my sister, as you do when you’re a boy, or maybe it was just me.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
I think it’s a great to get involved with a service that adds so much value to the community and to work with such a positive dedicated team of people, it’s a fun project to be involved with.
Also, the fact that my kids often request to stay longer is testament that the environment is safe, creative and fun – it’s due to the dedication of the staff who are passionate about creating that environment.